Crossed Tracks is a French thriller which is made by someone called Claude Lelouche. In fact if I hadn't seen this film, I wouldn't have known that Claude Lelouche, that legendary director of the '60s classic Man And A Woman, is still alive. And 71-plus, he is very much directing films. And good ones at that. As the title kind of suggests, Crossed Tracks is about three or four tracks in a story line. Each premise points towards one person, a brilliant Dominique Pinot. We hear on the radio that a paedophile magician has escaped from the prison. A popular novelist in the first scene is questioned by the police for her ghost-writer's death. A school-teacher we know has left his wife, and is missing as well. We see a calm gentleman giving a ride to a lonely woman whose boyfriend abandoned her on the highway. There are enough hints. This man could clearly be anyone of the three: the ghost-writer, the paedophile, or just a school-teacher. He also poses as his hitchiker's fiance to save her from a family embarrassment. It's difficult to review this film without turning a spoiler. Which I don't wish to be. Everything is a red-herring here. An aspect that fascinated me though is the idea of a ghost-writer. What kind of a person is he who lives perennially in the shadow of a famous author? I'm sure he does it because he doesn't care much for the quality of his work. But what if he produces something that he is truly proud of. Another intriguing facet of this film is the female lead played by Audrey Dana. She is the hitchhiker. A very complex character who's looking for life and love in middle age. But the first thing you may notice is how quiet this film is, despite being a thriller. Nothing racy. No jarring background score. Just immense confidence in the crazy plot. I'm glad directors like Claude Lelouche are still around to show us what a good film need not be. Crossed Tracks opens in theatres in Mumbai this weekend. It'll open in Delhi and Bangalore around next month. You could even catch it on the DVD. So that's two films recommended out of three this weekend. Clearly that's not a bad record at all. As it turns out, when we come back from a short break, I'm also going to talk about one of the finest films I've seen in 2008. So don't go away. I'll see you in a bit.